5 Bold Predictions for the San Francisco 49ers’ Training Camp

5 Bold Predictions for the San Francisco 49ers' Training Camp

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The San Francisco 49ers have already been bitten by the injury bug early in camp, but the team is full of young stars in the making thanks to the top GM in the league, Trent Baalke.

San Francisco is gearing up for another postseason run in 2014 and could be the favorites coming out of the NFC for a Lombardi Trophy.

Here are five bold predictions for the team during training camp:

5. LB Chris Borland Becomes a Must-Play

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5. LB Chris Borland Becomes a Must-Play

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Borland was one of the 2014 NFL Draft's top inside linebackers and filled an immediate need for San Francisco due to the postseason injury to Navarro Bowman. Borland will now compete for the starting inside linebacker gig next to one of the NFL's top inside linebackers in Patrick Willis. Borland will not only win that job, but he will become an instant playmaker from the position and may make it difficult on San Francisco once Bowman returns.

4. OLB Tank Carradine Muscles His Way Onto the Field

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4. OLB Tank Carradine Muscles His Way Onto the Field

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Carradine was one of the most sought after pass rushers in the 2012 draft class before an injury part-way through his final season with the Florida State Seminoles sidelined him for the remainder of the season. San Francisco saw no reason to pass on a player with such immense potential and decided to give him a "redshirt" during his rookie season. Carradine will find a way to get himself on the field as a situational pass rusher in 2014.

3. WR Quinton Patton Makes an Impact at Receiver

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3. WR Quinton Patton Makes an Impact at Receiver

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Patton had a very poor rookie season in 2013 and is looking to breakout in 2014 for San Francisco. The team is looking for every pass catcher they can find and will likely need it if WR Michael Crabtree's recent hamstring injury is much more severe than it seems. Patton is an old-school style receiver who relies on strong hands and great route running, something that San Francisco needs desperately. Look for Patton to make a name for himself.

2. OG Alex Boone's Holdout Ends Before Regular Season

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2. OG Alex Boone's Holdout Ends Before Regular Season

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In my recent podcast "Direct Snap" this past Saturday night, I was convinced that Boone's holdout could carry on through the regular season and could get quite nasty. Simply put, Boone wants his money and San Francisco is in no need to give him that money due to Baalke's great drafting strategy of loading up on players with potential. Boone's holdout may last through the preseason, but there is no way this Pro-Bowl guard misses a 2014 game.

1. RBs Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore Pick up the Slack

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1. RBs Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore Pick up the Slack

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San Francisco still has quite a deep pool of backs even after the recent injuries to Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, the No. 2 and 3 backs respectively. Rookie Carlos Hyde and second-year back Marcus Lattimore will be relied on this season to pick up the slack left behind by Hunter and James if his injury is quite serious. Hyde will likely be the team's No. 2 back, but don't sleep on Lattimore in 2014 if his knee holds up.


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